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Hazel Tate, 105, of Blowing Rock, N.C., passed away April 1, 2020.

Raymond Egger, 77, of Roan Mountain, TN., passed away April 2, 2020.

The United States is now officially the stupidest country in the world, with the highest rate of Coronavirus infections of any developed country in the world and with no letup in sight.

As a field organizer working for NextGen North Carolina, I’m working to register young people to vote and mobilize them to get to the the polls in November. If there’s one thing I know from my peers, it is that we are fed up with politicians who seek to concentrate their power at the expense…

It may seem oxymoronic that during a time when we are importantly socially isolated, it is more vital than ever to partake in the communal business of attending the regular meetings of our governmental bodies. But this is so.

During the past two weeks, Gov. Roy Cooper and local officials have imposed a regulatory regime of increasing severity on North Carolinians. Their stated goal is to slow the spread of COVID-19 so the number of cases requiring hospitalization won’t shoot far above the maximum capacity of hosp…